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S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College

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Have you ever wondered- Am I normal? (and what is "normal," anyway?) What's up down there? I really like girls, but I like boys sometimes, too. Am I gay, bisexual, or just messed up? Are we both really ready to have sex? Is it ok if I masturbate? I feel like I can't ever say no to my partner. What's the problem? Heather Corinna and have been providing sex ed ...more
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published May 3rd 2007 by Da Capo Press
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May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had good sex-ed books growing up, from what I remember. They were straight-forward, science based and once I got over the obligatory "eww gross!" reaction, they were really quite interesting. This book, however, outshines them all.

Let me get my one complaint out of the way: the subtitle. "The all-you-need-to-know progressive sexuality guide to get you through high school and college" alienates anyone who doesn't finish high school, doesn't plan to go to college, or pursues an alternative educ
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school student, college student
Shelves: nonfiction
Despite being from a relatively liberal part of the country, my health education was terrible. Pretty much all I "learned" was STIs can NEVER be cured (even if they can be), all forms of birth control (including condoms) don't work (ever), if you do anything before marriage you will automatically get every STI on the planet, get pregnant, give birth, and die in seven days, and once you get married, all risk of unwanted pregnancy and STIs disappears entirely.

So basically, nothing of use.

That's w
Aug 27, 2009 marked it as to-read
This book came highly recommended and Yep, I'm really reading this! I'm due to have the "talk" with my boys and I want to be prepared....or at least use the correct "terminology." I'm also pre-reading this book to see if it would be good for my boys to read. And, I'm even putting it on my GR list..(unlike some other books I don't mention ;-O) Fun, Fun.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best sex education book I have ever seen. I wish I would have had this book at age 14 when I was desperately searching for sex info that was queer-positive and not sexist. An awesome awesome book.
Joli Hamilton
Yes. If you are a sexual being or live in a world of sexual beings (yes, that's you) READ this you probably don't know as much as you think you do and information is power.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a large detailed book about sex for young people; the author suggests ages fifteen through twenty-five. it's just too much information for younger people. The author points out that "the term abstinence is rarely used in these pages," and I don't think that is a serious omission. The author does emphasize respect for those who may choose not to engage in intimate sexual activity. The author included sections on eating disorders, how to talk about sex, contraceptives, and reproduction opt ...more
Amber Lea
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sexually active teens, young adults, parents
This is by far the best and most comprehensive sex education book I've found. This book would have been absolutely perfect for me when I was fresh out of high school, and I'd recommend it to anyone who thinks they're ready to start having sex, or who is relatively new to sex, or who finds themselves with a lot of questions either about sex itself or their own sexuality. I think it's also perfect for adults/parents looking to discuss sex with a teen because it's full of good advice.

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If you're looking for the definitive guide to sex and sexuality, and everything that it entails, then look no further than Heather Corinna's fact-filled book. With straightforwardness, humor, insight, and directness, the founder and editor of delves into every aspect of sexuality, and presents it in a way that teens and young adults (and us old adults, too!) can truly understand.

Everything -- and I mean everything! -- is covered within the pa
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ultimate resource for teens/young adults on sex ed
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are in the search for a great guide to sexuality, this is one of the best books out there. It's written by Heather Corinna of (the best online resource for teens/young adults and sexuality). This is a thoughtful and thorough introduction. I highly recommend that everyone who knows a teenager or young adult to first read this book and second buy it for them.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has made me seriously consider becoming a sex-ed teacher again.

I checked S.E.X. out of the county library on the recommendation of the amazing Charity Joy. When my 14-year old saw me reading it, she asked why I had it. Archie and I told her that she was getting to an age, generally speaking, where the people around her would start talking more and more about sex...

"That time has long passed, mother," she interrupted. "Okay, I know" I said. "So they're still talking about it and are st
Kristine Goldberg
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very complete book about sex. It is written for teenagers and young adults. The author spends a lot of time writing about gender identity and boundaries in a sexual relationship. I think the writing style was overly wordy and full of jargon. However, it was an excellent book for me as a mother of a teen and a preteen. However, I think my kids would not think this book was interesting enough.

I recommend it to parents and to teens once they are very curious about sexual relationships.
Kendra Allen
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how S.E.X. didn't refrain from using language and descriptors that adolescents would find familiar. In the same sense, though, it also brought a level of authority in manner in which topics were discussed. Refreshingly honest and broke down sexuality in all of its components--biological, emotional, psychological, and social.
Aug 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sexxxi people
Heather Corinna is my hero. She signed this book for me at an event where a man asked for a lock of my armpit hair. She is a doll who really truly cares about the sexual health of young people. This book is a great holistic sexuality guide for young people that is all-inclusive. Geared toward high school/college students, but would be good for just about anyone.
The book I wish I had had when I was learning about sex as a teenager.

The approach is far more respectful and holistic that teaching girls that boys only want sex and they need to keep their honour from those horny boys.
May 25, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I feel like this is the sort of book my biology teachers (who were responsible for sex ed) need to read. Our sex-ed was incredibly flawed. I need to have a look at this guide and see if it's true to its description, but it seems very informative. Maybe I'll gift it to my school then.
Louise Richard
Not bad. Trendy text-booky, fairly liberal, one for the teenage reference shelf.
Must have for any sex education program! Very comprehensive & inclusive.
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
having to check it out prior to exposing young minds to such filth
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Good read for adults and their teens but it does include a how-to in fisting!
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexuality
Awesome book. This book needs to be in every sex education program in school!
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to kate by: Stacy
Mostly skimmed. Would recommend to any YA (or parent of a YA) with questions about sexuality, gender, etc. Particularly enjoyed the little sidebar on things you are not told in childbirth class!
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent for my teeanager. No preaching or judgements. just facts. My child will be able to understand that sex and related issues are a normal part of being human.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great progressive, honest, and thorough look at sex for teenagers.
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Some good info, but written in a faux-hip way ("whack" - really?) and perhaps TOO much information in places (bloodplay - really, for teens in an "introductory" book?)
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Heather Corinna (b. 1970) is a queer polymath best known for her role as publisher of the sex-positive online magazine Scarleteen , which she founded in 1998. She graduated from the Chicago Academy of the Arts and studied at Chicago's Shimer College, a Great Books college then located in Waukegan, Illinois. She has worked as an educator, activist and writer, and writes on sex education for a va ...more
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“[In reference to vaginas] Someone saying you're "too loose"? Maybe that person's previous experience has been with women who weren't aroused (which, in the case of young adults, ins't that unusual)...Since many people think that penetration is supposed to be painful at first, a lot of them don't know how to wait for full arousal or make penetration comfortable. So, if a partner is saying you're "too loose," either they're simply experiencing a relaxed, aroused partner for the first time, or they're blowing smoke - either because they think it's the thing to say, or they were expecting to feel trapped in a vise, which is not how penetration should feel for either partner.” 3 likes
“No one person, group, or book can—or should—tell everyone what choices are right for them, because there is no one right set of sexual choices for everyone. What is absolutely right for one person can be absolutely wrong for someone else. Only you can find out what your sexuality should be like, and define it accordingly.” 0 likes
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